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Eser Select Fall 2018 Discussion Groups

Join us this fall to on your #JewishJourney to #expandyour10. Eser Select are six- to eight-week learning experiences, intended to give you a forum to converse about the issues that matter most to you, connect to other young adults, and create community all at the same time. Register on this page for one class or all of them!

What is Eser?
Eser is Hebrew for 10, a number with special significance in Judaism. Eser brings together individuals in their 20s and 30s for conversations in neighborhood living rooms to build connection and community.

What is Eser Select?

Eser Select are six- to eight-week learning experiences, intended to give you a forum to converse about the issues that matter most to you, connect to other young adults, and create community all at the same time.

Fall 2018 Class Choices*:
*Please note that some of the logistics (location, dates, etc.) of these classes may change prior to the class start date. After you’ve registered, you will be informed of these changes should they occur.


[FULL] Awakening to Daily Wonder Through Jewish Mindfulness
Tuesdays (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 27, 30th), 7- 8:30 pm, Cambridge
Facilitators: Genevieve Greinetz & Beni Summers

This 8 class series on Jewish mindfulness and meditation is open to all levels of practitioners. Led by Hebrew College student Genevieve Greinetz and Temple Emunah’s Beni Summers, Awakening to Daily Wonder Through Jewish Mindfulness offers texts and practices that will serve to create or deepen a regular, personal meditation practice for participants.Using the elements of our everyday to guide the eight sessions, we will explore different techniques and texts to cultivate awareness, acceptance, and a loving relationship with the present moment and ourselves in it. All are welcome and participants can expect to find joy and challenge in a supportive community along the way. Please note: the Shabbat experience on November 30th is mandatory as part of this class.

Finding Your Meaningful Mourning Practice
Tuesdays (Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11), 7-9 pm, Brookline
Facilitator: Batya Ellinoy

Have you recently lost someone in your life? Are you looking to honor a loved one through Jewish rituals? Do the Jewish mourning rituals feel compelling to you? Are they not compelling enough? The Jewish tradition offers so many models of dealing with grief, but it can be overwhelming to contemplate how to integrate them and even to understand what they are. In this 6-session support and learning circle, led by rabbinical student Batya Ellinoy, we’ll explore what Judaism offers to get through difficult times, learn about Jewish rituals for grief and loss, and cultivate a community of supportive friends.

People, Place, Purpose: An Interreligious Dialogue
Wednesdays (Nov. 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 15, 19), 7-9 pm, Cambridge
Facilitators: Sara Gardner & Tom Reid

We live in one of the most religiously diverse societies in the history of humankind. In this rich cultural context, how do we honor our similarities and differences, and create a vibrant and inclusive pluralistic ethos? This discussion group welcomes people who identify as religious, secular, seeking, or spiritually curious, who want to explore questions of identity, meaning, community, and justice with other young adults from different walks of life.

Best of Eser BASEd in Boston
Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 28; December 5, 12, 19, from 7-9 pm; Brookline
Facilitator: Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen

Never done Eser before and want to give it a try? Dying to revisit a past year’s theme? You’ll be able to explore past favorites and new discoveries over the course of this 6-session class, facilitated by Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen. In conjunction with BASEHillel Boston, you’ll discuss topics ranging from tattoos to interfaith relationships to life’s big questions in EBC’s very own living room. Explore the Best of Eser while you’re BASEd in Boston!

[FULL] 10 Not-So-Small Questions with Temple Emanuel
Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 9, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, from 7-9 pm; Temple Emanuel in Newton
Facilitator: Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger

Does Judaism have value in 2018? Is God real? Does Hell exist for Jews? What should Israel mean for me? This fall, Yisod and Eser are partnering to offer a rare discussion-based learning opportunity with our very own Rav Hazzan Aliza Berger. Price: $72.00 per person*
Includes 8 learning session and a Shabbat dinner! Space is limited. Register now to save your spot. *Course generously subsidized by Yisod. To register for this program, please use this link: You will be redirected to another registration page.


The program fee should not be an obstacle to participate, email Sara for scholarship information.

Refund Policy
Those who withdraw from class before the first session will be given a full refund. A $35 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund if you choose to withdraw from the class after the first session.

More Information
Phone: (617) 559-8809